Deniz Gezmiş was a Marxist-Leninist and political activist in the Republic of Turkey in the late 1960s. He was one of the founding members of the People's Liberation Army of Turkey (THKO).
The son of a teacher, Gezmiş was educated in various Turkish cities. He spent most of his childhood in Sivas, where his father also grew up. Gezmiş graduated from high school in Istanbul, where he first encountered left wing ideas.
After joining the Workers Party of Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye İşçi Partisi), he studied law at İstanbul University in 1966. In 1968, he founded the Revolutionary Jurists Organisation (Turkish: Devrimci Hukukçular Örgütü) and Revolutionary Student Union (Turkish: Devrimci Öğrenci Birliği).
Becoming increasingly politically active, he led the student-organised occupation of İstanbul University on June 12, 1968. After the occupation was forcibly repelled
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